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Prof Sudhir K finally takes charge of his alma mater, NLSIU Bangalore as CJI ends appointment saga

Prof Sudhir K takes over at NLS today (picture credit Prof Kunal Ambasta)
Prof Sudhir K takes over at NLS today (picture credit Prof Kunal Ambasta)

NLSIU Bangalore finally has a vice chancellor (VC) again in alumnus Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy, more than four months after his predecessor Prof Venkata Rao’s retirement and after the appointment process had faced repeated delays.

However, according to authoritative sources, Krishnaswamy has taken charge in Bangalore today afternoon, after the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has signed off on his appointment today.

NLS students had gone on strike last week to protest the delay in his appointment, suspected due to internal and external resistance; but after alumni spoke to the chancellor and Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, agreed to suspend their protest.

We have reached out to Krishnaswamy for comment.

As we had first reported in August that he had been recommended by the search committee (after two rounds), with all that remaining having been the executive council’s (EC) sign-off. That had taken much longer than expected.

On top of that, the Bar Council of India (BCI) had also decided to get its beak wet, implying that Krishnaswamy had been responsible for the student protests, and effectively urging the CJI to not confirm his appointment.

Krishnaswamy will make history as the first national law university undergraduate alumnus (1998 in his case) to also take charge at his own alma mater.

He also holds a BCL and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University.

Before taking charge at NLSIU, he was professor at Azim Premji University.

To be updated.

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